This time of year reminds me of one of the best and worst open houses I ever did. My clients were moving immediately and I was in charge of selling the house. Except they forgot to clean the house prior to leaving and I forgot to check it myself. What a surprise I got on Sunday at 12:30 for my 1 oclock open house. This home was a legal two family or mother and daughter . It was by far the biggest and home that I ever listed and still to this day the most expensive. But, it was a mess. Clothes , food ,trash, dishes and every room needed to be vaccumed. I called my broker she said you cannot cancel its in the paper. I was embarrassed and doomed all at the same time. Oh I forgot to mention the trash and several items left in the garage.
So at about 1 oclock the fun started with the first visitors to the open house. They were in shock but at the same time said they understood, On that day I had about 5 visitors come to the open house. In between cleaning and throwing things away i managed to get some things accomplished. 4 months later and 2 days of cleaning by hired cleaning lady this home finally sold. But , it by far was almost enough to make me stop doing open houses all together. It was the best open house I ever did because it taught me how to prepare for them and to never be caught off quard . You only get one chance to make a good first impression to many of our clients.
Thank You for caring and sharing, all open house stories are welcomed.